CBS News Reporter and Producer Placed on Leave of Absence Over Flawed Benghazi Report Reuters
A CBS News reporter who came under fire for a "60 Minutes" report on the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, has gone on a leave of absence, Reuters reports.
Says the story, "CBS News has asked '60 Minutes' reporter Lara Logan to take a leave of absence...according to a memo from the chairman of CBS News, Jeff Fager.
"Logan's producer, Max McClellan, was also put on leave, according to the memo, which was addressed to CBS News employees. A copy of the memo was obtained by Reuters. Fager is also executive producer of '60 Minutes.' "
The report quotes the memo saying: "'60 Minutes' ... fell short by broadcasting a now discredited account of an important story, and did not take full advantage of the reporting abilities of CBS News that might have prevented it from happening."
Reuters adds: "On Oct. 27, '60 Minutes' aired a segment about the Benghazi attack based on a security official who claimed he was at the scene during the assault, in which four Americans were killed, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.
"The program corrected the report after it came to light that the security official had given conflicting testimony to the FBI."
Logan used security official Dylan Davies as a key source, and Davies "claimed he fought off an assailant during the incident and saw Stevens' body," Reuters reports. "Conversely, the FBI and the State Department said Davies was not at the compound during the attack, according to CBS News executive director of standards and practices Al Ortiz, who wrote a detailed memo about the segment to CBS employees obtained by Reuters."
Logan later admitted that it was a mistake to put Davies on the air.
On the Nov. 8 edition of "CBS This Morning" she said: "The most important thing to every person at '60 Minutes' is the truth, and today the truth is we made a mistake."
Asked about the leaves of absence, a CBS spokeswoman told Reuters: "The '60 Minutes' journalistic review is concluded, and we are implementing ongoing changes based on its results."